French Film Festival
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
The Alliance France French Film Festival opens in Melbourne tonight (Wed 8 March). Cinephiles are treated to a splendid insight into the Aussie film industry and into the life of iconic critic David Stratton, while the worthy Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, The Salesman also releases.
Director: Sally Aitken
Length: 100 min
|© Transmission - the iconic pair feature, but David's|
commitment to Aussie films is the focus of this excellent doco.
4.5 - wholeheartedly recommended!
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Length: 123 min
© Hi-Gloss - another intense human relationship drama
from Asghar Farhadi
4 - wholeheartedly recommended!
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
Melbourne 8-30 March
Palace Brighton Bay, Balwyn, Como, Westgarth, Astor
Other states, visit the website!
Fans of the art of dance should delight this year with Monsieur Chocolat, Polina and The Dancer. The Dardenne brothers are back with the award-winning The Unknown Girl, and Bertrand Tavernier offers cinephiles the 3-hour treat, A Journey Through French Cinema.
What can I tell you, when in fact I only ever manage to preview a handful of these enticing films. A couple really impressed me:
Tomorrow: Cesar-winning documentary in which actor/director Melanie Laurent explores how ecologically-minded communities are solving some of the world's direst problems. Think growing veggies in the main streets of Detroit, cities that use more bicycles than cars, along with such challenging concepts as totally changing the world's economic, educational and democratic models.
Being 17: Also showing at the Queer Film Festival, this is a sensitive story of two schoolboys who start as enemies, but slowly develop a closeness. Add in themes of family alienation, death, adoption, self esteem, along with a stunning Pyrenees mountain setting, and you have a winner from acclaimed director Andre Techine.
I also previewed Moka, a revenge drama about a woman whose child is killed and who believes she knows who did it and insinuates her way into their lives. Excellent performance from Nathalie Baye.
Saint Amour is a light comedy featuring Gerard Depardieu and Benoit Poelvoorde as father and son cattle farmers who travel to the wine regions with a private driver, determined to drink away their various sorrows.
Kalinka stars ever popular Danile Auteuil, and tells the true story of a case that spanned almost 30 years, in which a father sought justice for his daughter who was found dead in her step-father's home.
Check out the website and make yourself a list of films that take your fancy: